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Sheriff’s Department looking for man who fled on foot following high-speed chase

by Emily Waldrep

The Tyler County Sheriff's Department is looking for information or tips on the whereabouts of a suspect who ran from deputies on foot near the Town Bluff area after a high-speed pursuit.

Deputies in a marked patrol were assisting TPWD Officer Taylor Jones with a felony traffic stop near the Jasper county line on 190 East. When deputies went to assist, Jones reported that he was in pursuit of the vehicle and they were traveling south on Highway 92. Jones identified 33-year-old Euell Riser as the passenger of the vehicle, who bailed out of the vehicle while it continued to travel south.

"The red Ford Ranger truck was still traveling at a high rate of speed with Officer Jones and Tyler County Deputies in pursuit," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan of the Tyler County Sheriff's Department. "Jones reported that the driver was throwing objects from the vehicle as he was being pursued."

Deputies observed a white male with brown hair wearing a white T-shirt operating the vehicle, who was later identified as Daniel Hooks, age 25, of Town Bluff.

"Hooks was operating his vehicle of 90 miles an hour in that pursuit on highway 92," Ryan said. "He also continued to wreck the vehicles that were pursuing him by slamming on the breaks and swerving back and forth across the lanes."

The pursuit turned onto County Road 4400, where Hooks was traveling over 70 miles per hour on a county road and almost wrecked into a vehicle that was backing out of a driveway. Hooks eventually lost control of the truck and wrecked into a tree and left the vehicle on foot, but left behind many items identifying him in the vehicle when he fled.

There are warrants out for Hooks arrest and anyone with any information on Hooks should contact the Sheriff's Department at 283-2172. Hooks is mainly associated with the Town Bluff area but could be located anywhere in or out of the county.